Demolition of former Times-Picayune building in New Orleans started the first week of April, the paper reported. A $29 million Drive Shack golf and entertainment attraction will go in its place.
A group of investors purchased the building for $3.5 million in fall 2016.
Demolition of the 1968 facility will be done by September, says developer Peter Aamodt, the paper reported.
Workers will be cleaning soil and groundwater contamination at the location, according to records The Times-Picayune accessed, the paper reported.
Areas of the property showed levels of organic compounds in the soil and groundwater and lead and arsenic in the groundwater, an environmental assessment report from the firm Terracon said. The report said contaminants weren’t a risk for entering water bodies or contacting people as concrete covers the ground.
The report says it’s “unknown” but “assumed” that the contaminants came from printing and other activities at the paper.
The Times-Picayune is now based in the Warehouse District, with satellite offices elsewhere in the area.